Paper Art – A Prosaic Object Transformed

Danish artist Peter Callesen is currently working almost exclusively with single A4 sheets of paper. The beautiful artifacts he creates are even more stunning because of the everyday nature of the medium he works in.

Here are some of my favourite examples…

Resurrection

Resurrection

Little Erected Ruin

Callesen writes this about his paper works…

I find this materialization of a flat piece of paper into a 3D form almost a magic process – or maybe one could call it obvious magic, because the process is obvious and the figures still stick to their origin, without the possibility of escaping. In that sense there is also an aspect of something tragic in most of the cuts.

 

Looking Back

I find the A4 sheet of paper interesting to work with, because it is probably the most common and consumed media and format for carrying information today, and in that sense it is something very loaded. This means that we rarely notice the actual materiality of the A4 paper. By removing all the information and starting from scratch using the blank white 80gsm A4 paper as a base for my creations, I feel that I have found a material which we all are able to relate to, and at the same time is non-loaded and neutral and therefore easier to fill with different meanings. The thin white paper also gives the paper sculptures a fragility which underlines the tragic and romantic theme of the works.

Down the River

Down the River

You van see more of his work at his website, including some incredible installations using larger sheets of paper.

Transparent God

Transparent God


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3 Responses

  1. the guy has bags of talent

  2. wow, this dude is too pro

  3. Hello there! I could have sworn I’ve been to your blog before but after looking at many of the articles I realized it’s new to me. Regardless, I’m definitely pleased I discovered it and I’ll be bookmarking it and checking back frequently!

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